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Oklahoman Modified: September 2, 2014 at 3:48 pm •  Published: September 3, 2014

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County free fair is fun affair

DEAR READERS: Elsie Harner, of Edmond, has been entering the homemade ice cream contests at the Oklahoma County Free Fair since 2005. She won the grand champion prize that first year and several times since, including this year. I think it’s fair to say she makes the best ice cream in Oklahoma County.

This year, she won the grand prize for her Chocolate Raspberry Toffee Crunch Ice Cream. When asked where she got the idea for this ice cream, she said, “I knew I was going to use raspberries and didn’t want to use nuts, but wanted some crunch, so I pulled the Chocolate English toffee bars out of the refrigerator and chopped them and added them. I tasted the raspberries, and they were just too sour, so I added the extra sugar, and it melted right into the raspberries very nicely and didn’t seem to affect the texture of the ice cream.

“I guess I just like to create my own flavors. I may read a recipe but very rarely follow it.”

She said she is frequently asked what she changed in a particular recipe and why. She tells them, “It’s the way I cook. Use your imagination in the kitchen; you may surprise yourself about how much fun it is!”

Good answer, and at the Oklahoma County Free Fair, her grand prize winner earned her a plaque plus $50.

Harner also won first with her 100-Year-Old Vanilla Ice Cream and her Pina Calada Ice Cream. That leaves only one category, Chocolate Ice Cream, and Sarah Engle, of Oklahoma City, won first place in that category.

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